Joel Ward View All Faculty
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Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Communication

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Duquesne University
  • M.A. in Rhetoric, Duquesne University
  • B.A. in English, Huntington University

Courses Taught

  • COM 215 - Argumentation and Debate
  • COM 225 - Culture and Communication

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • Assisted Dr. Jonathan Watt with planning and programming "Orality and Literacy in an Age of Social Media" Conference, April 2024.
  • Book Chapter: "Dialogic Editing as Pedagogic Relationship: Grading Student’s Writing in Person" in edited volume entitled Dialogic Editing in Academic and Professional Writing, Routledge,, December 2023.
  • "Familiar Feedback: Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetic Companionship in Question Asking Conversations Between Parents and their Children" published in the journal Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion and Culture, Fall 2023.
  • Inspiring Consensus in Community: The Faith and Hope in Proximate Speech,” published in Journal of Christian Teaching Practice, 2020.
  • The Shape of the Sign: The Space Shared by Walker Percy and Hellen Keller presented at the Religious Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT November, 2018.
  • Talking with Robots: AI Assistant Technology and Speech Development presented at the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT November, 2018.
  • Story Telling as Loving Resistance presented at the Eastern Communication Conference, Providence, RI, April 2019.
  • "Artistic: Speech: Reviving Forms of Moral Imagination," published in Listening: Journal or Communication, Ethics, Religion and Culture, 54.2, Spring 2019.
  • “The Pietistic Institution: A Problem of Organizational Identity” in Whole and Holy Persons: A Pietist Approach to Higher Education. Ed. Chris Gehrz. Westmont: InterVarsity Press.
  • Ward, J.S. and David Stern. “A Case for Interfaith Discourse” in Interfaith Dialogue in Practice: Christian Muslim, Jew. Ed. Daniel Brown. Kansas City: Rockhurst University Press, 2012.
  • “Third World Identity.” Encyclopedia of Identity Ed. Ronald L. Jackson. SAGE, 2010.
  • Book Review: Arthos, John. The Inner Word in Gadamer′s Hermeneutics. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009 in Journal of Communication and Religion 33.2, 2010.

Current Projects

  • Book: Authority and Personality in Mikhail Bakhtin′s “Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity”
  • Article: “Mediated Persona: Digital Time and Aesthetics”

Research Interests

  • Mediated Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Personality Development

Consulting Expertise

  • Partner & Content Strategist, Durable LLC

Awards & Distinctions Received

  • Dissertation of the Year Award, Religious Communication Assoc., 2014
  • Richard H. Thames Teaching Award, 2010
  • Top Panel Award, Central States Communication Association, 2014

Professional Society Memberships

  • Religious Communication Association (RCA)
  • Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)

Miscellaneous, e.g., hobbies, sports, personal info, etc.

  • bicycling, coffee brewing, reading, song writing

Academic Distinctives

During the 2023 academic year, Dr Ward attended and presented at the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA), National Communication Association (NCA), Religious Communication Association (RCA), and the Eastern Communication Association (ECA).

He also served as Awards Committee Chair for the Philosophy of Communication Division for the NCA. He served as President for the PCA, and he reviewed paper submissions for the RCA and NCA.

In 2023, Dr. Ward published a journal article titled, "Familiar Feedback: Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetic Companionship in Question-Asking Conversations Between Parents and their Children" in Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics and Religion.